Dec 6, 2012 4:00am PST
now, in the hands of authorities. >>> an alert for parents. the government issuing a warning about a popular product, after the deaths of five newborns. >>> and rover behind the wheel? yep. teaching dogs to drive. >>> and good morning, everyone. we begin with that developing story from syria's civil war. credible, new concerns about the use of chemical weapons by syrian forces. >> syria's chemical weapons stockpile is believed to be one of the largest in the world. and there's word that regime forces might be ready to use it. we spoke with alex marquardt a short time ago, from the turkey/syria border. >> reporter: it seems that syria went through the preparation phase, loading components of the highly-toxic sarin gas. syria doesn't even acknowledge that it has chemical weapons. they've said that they would never use them against their own people. but one top official warned this summer that they would only be used against what he called external aggression. >> and that sarin gas that alex just mentioned, it is extremely toxic. a single drop can kill a person in a matter of moments.
Dec 3, 2012 4:00am PST
looming, lawmakers are still very far apart on their way to rein in government. there are differences on full display for all of us to see over the weekend. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: fiscal cliff talks have hit a stalemate. with only 29 days to go, republicans and democrats remain far apart. and over the weekend, there was worry negotiations may actually fail. >> i think we're going over the cliff. it's clear to me they made a political calculation. before president obama and his team are demanding that they allow bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans expire. >> there's no way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations. those rates have to go up. >> reporter: but republicans have drawn a line in the sand in raising tax rates. instead, signaling they're open to raising revenue by limiting the tax code. it's a major sticking point. holding up a deal. >> right now, i'd say we're nowhere. >> reporter: president obama is looking for $1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over ten years. speaker boehner is offering half of that.
Dec 4, 2012 4:00am PST
that syria's government may be preparing chemical and biological weapons for use against the rebels in that country. senior officials tell abc news there are contingency plans for military action by the u.s., if those weapons become a threat. >>> and back here at home, president obama meets with the nation's governors today on urgent talks to avoid that fiscal cliff. republicans and democrats in congress appeared no closer to a compromise. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: congressional republicans' counterproposal was dead on arrival. the white house quickly rejected the $2.2 trillion deficit reduction plan, that would raise $800 billion in tax revenue over the next decade. but the plan calls for raising the revenue without raising tax rates on top income earners, something the white house views as unacceptable. during a photo op, the president avoided questions about the gop plan. >> no deal better than a bad deal, sir? >> reporter: a senior white house official called the proposal a step backwards. saying if republicans do not agree to some higher tax rates for the wealth
Nov 30, 2012 4:00am PST
on that bit of wet weirdness, still ahead. >>> welcome back, everybody. when the government released thursday's gdp report, there was a milestone number in there. u.s. corporate profits hit an all-time high between july and september, rising at an annual rate of 3.5%. the strength was driven by financial companies whose domestic profits rose by more than $71 billion during those three months. >>> potential buyers are lining up to try to acquire hostess brands, maker of twinkies, now that final moves to close the business has been approved in bankruptcy court. 18,000 workers are losing their jobs. but hostess did get court approval to give top executives bonuses, totalling almost $2 million. >>> it's back to the bargaining table today for negotiators trying to end the ongoing strike at the nation's busiest port system. union workers at the los angeles and long beach harbors walked off the job three days ago, shutting down most of the terminals which actually handle 40% of the country's import trade. union workers claim shippers are outsourcing jobs. >>> and fast food workers walked off the job
Dec 5, 2012 4:00am PST
.c. to the gulf coast. >>> and finally from us this morning, good news about the end of the world. the government says those mayan predictions are not true. >> the reassurance has not convinced everybody, however. natasha zuvus met up with a so-called doomsday prepper in san diego. >> reporter: with his gas mask on and machete in hand, nikko says he's ready for december 21st. >> it's possibly the end of the world. i have done some research on it. >> reporter: the mayan calendar only extends to december 21st, 2012. some people interpret that as prediction for the end of the world on that date. >> i've seen how horrific people can be when they really want to be. >> reporter: sanchez is a gulf war veteran. now, he's a prepper, prepared to survive the worst. and he trains others to do the same. how to pack a bugout bag, with medication, a light source and food for years. it's a growing phenomenon. he's only 1 of 102 confirmed preppers in san diego. >> people getting prepared for december 21st this year should be prepared for any possible scenario, whether it be the end of days, civil unrest, nuclear
Nov 29, 2012 4:00am PST
, including providing arms to anti-government fighters. a decision on whether to deploy surface-to-air missiles in neighboring areas is likely next week. >>> and a major milestone is expected at the u.n. today, when the general assembly votes to give statehood to the palestinians. this comes despite strong opposition for u.s. officials over fears that such a move could harm peace negotiations with israel. palestinian leaders view the vote as a step towards global recognition. >>> and it turns out, mitt romney is going to the white house after all. the former republican candidate is meeting president obama for lunch in the private dining room. mr. obama had promised in his victory speech that he would reach out to his rival. while in washington, romney will sit down with his former running mate, paul ryan. now, that lunch is not going to be open to the media. but, oh, to be a fly or anything on that wall. >> awkward. have fun, fellas. >>> when we come back this morning, get your motor running. the new cars getting the buzz at the l.a. auto show. >>> and you're going to need big b